Emergency expo helps prepare Alaskans for the worst
If a natural disaster hit Alaska today, would you be ready? Preparing for the worst was the focus of the ninth annual Mat-Su Emergency Preparedness Expo, held Saturday in Wasilla.
Over the past several weeks, we've seen Mother Nature's power from the hurricanes that have ravaged Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Gulf Coast to the deadly earthquakes in Mexico. Many of those affected weren’t prepared to deal with the aftermath on their own.
More than 1,000 people visited the Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla to learn new ways to help protect their families before a disaster strikes.
Although the expo centered around readiness for the next big earthquake to hit the state, it covered other emergencies such as wildfires, floods and widespread or long-lasting power outages.
Wasilla resident Penny Albright said most Alaskans are taught how to live off the land, but events like the expo are still important for the community.
“Especially for the younger generation, to know that they can always go to the store to get their food,” Albright said. “That it is nice to have it on shelves, that (it) is freeze-dried, that all you need is to have water.”
The event also taught young children important life-saving skills like how to get out of a fire safely and to “drop, cover and hold on” if they find themselves in an earthquake.
A spokesperson for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management suggests that Alaskans should have an emergency kit with at least a seven-day supply of both food and water, especially if they live in remote areas.
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